Ohio quarterback Nathan Rourke (12) breaks a tackle during Ohio University’s homecoming football game against Central Michigan on Saturday. (Austin Janning/WOUB)

Nathan Rourke Named to Manning Award Watchlist

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Ohio sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke has been added to The Manning Award Watch List. The Canadian has played in all six of the Bobcats games, starting four of them.

In those six contests, Rourke has done damage in the passing and running game going 82-0f-135 for 973 yards and seven touchdowns through the air. On the ground, he’s rushed 61 times for 297 yards and ranks fourth in the Mid-American Conference with nine rushing touchdowns.

The Manning Award is given to the best quarterback in college football and is named after the trio of Manning’s: Archie, Peyton, and Eli. During the preseason, 30 quarterbacks were put on the watch list for the award, but after the first half of the season, the award committee decided to increase the focus of players to recognize their performances throughout the season.

With every quarterback in the nation still eligible for the award, Rourke is now part of an elite group of quarterbacks on the watch list.

Rourke and the Bobcats return to action for a road matchup against Bowling Green on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.